Checklist: Top 10 best practices for securing e-mail clients

To protect Microsoft Outlook, SearchExchange.com resident spam and security expert, Richard Luckett, offers this Top 10 list of things you should do to make your e-mail clients more secure. This advice is not only for Exchange administrators, but for end users as well. Pass this checklist along to them so they know how to protect themselves.

The SANS Institute publishes a Top 20 list of security vulnerabilities. Ranking as the ninth largest vulnerability

for Microsoft is its mail client.

To protect Microsoft Outlook, SearchExchange.com resident spam and security expert, Richard Luckett, offers this Top 10 list of things you should do to make your e-mail clients more secure.

This advice is not only for Exchange administrators, but for end users as well. Pass this checklist along to them so they know how to protect themselves.


Top 10 best practices for securing e-mail clients

 Home: Introduction
 #1: Patch your clients
 #2: Configure antivirus software to scan your e-mail clients
 #3: Use anti-malware software
 #4: Quarantine attachments
 #5: Don't be a sucker
 #6: Disable unsigned macros
 #7: Use Outlook's Junk E-mail filter or install spam-filtering software
 #8: Just be plain
 #9: Learn to read (e-mail headers, that is)
 #10: Digitally sign and encrypt e-mails

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   
Richard Luckett, Vice President and Senior Consultant, Ajettix Security
Richard Luckett is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer on the Windows NT 4.0, 2000 and 2003 platforms and has been certified on Exchange since version 4.0. He is the co-author of Administering Exchange 2000 Server, published by McGraw Hill, and has written four Exchange courses, Introduction to Exchange 2000, and Hands-on Exchange 2003, Ultimate Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 Administrator Boot Camp for Global Knowledge Inc. Richard is currently Vice President and Senior Consultant for Ajettix Security, where he is the head of the Microsoft security practice.

This was first published in August 2005

Dig deeper on Exchange Server Security

Pro+

Features

Enjoy the benefits of Pro+ membership, learn more and join.

0 comments

Oldest 

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

SearchWindowsServer

SearchEnterpriseDesktop

SearchCloudComputing

SearchSQLServer

Close